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Ebola case reported near Congo's border with South Sudan

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Medicine   The case was registered in the town of Ariwara, situated in northeastern Ituri

Authorities have confirmed an Ebola case not far from the Congo's border with South Sudan.

The case was registered in the town of Ariwara, situated in northeastern Ituri province and about 70km from the border with South Sudan's Yei River State, according to a report from South Sudan's health ministry that was viewed by The Associated Press news agency.

The victim, a 40-year-old woman, had travelled nearly 500km from Beni, in North Kivu province in the DRC, despite having been identified by health officials as having been exposed to Ebola and warned not to travel.

It is the closest confirmed case to South Sudan since an outbreak began in North Kivu last August before spreading to neighbouring Ituri, according to an official with close knowledge of the outbreak who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.

People who have come into contact with Ebola patients should be monitored for 21 days, the incubation period during which symptoms can emerge after exposure.

Long-distance travel, particularly to regions bordering other vulnerable countries, is not recommended.


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